ETU National Apprentice of the Year

Applications are now open for the 2022 ETU National Apprentice of the Year!

The ETU Apprentice of the Year competition celebrates outstanding apprentices who display excellence in their chosen trade, commitment to their studies and a commitment to union values.

The winner of this competition will represent the ETU as a delegate at the Global Power Trade Union Congress (GPTUC), in Dublin, Ireland, on 13-15 November 2022.  The trip will be all-expenses paid, and will give the winner valuable insight into the trade union movement overseas. The winner will learn about different aspects of the electrical trades and how the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system functions abroad. 

Second prize will be a Fluke Clamp Meter
Shortlisted candidates will receive a $100 fuel voucher.

To be eligible to participate you must: 

  • be a financial member of the ETU (or CEPU in SA and TAS – open to electrical AND non-electrical apprentices)
  • have a valid passport or be willing to get one
  • be willing to travel overseas to a future industry conference
  • hold strong union values
  • have a strong work ethic and take pride in your trade
  • demonstrate a commitment to your apprenticeship, including satisfactory progression of on and off-the-job training requirements
  • have a capacity to work safely, not endanger yourself or others and have the ability to speak up if you see something unsafe at work
  • complete the application form below in full.

To apply:

Fill out the form below, including the selection criteria. A PDF with all the selection criteria is available here, as well as in the form below. You may wish to draft your answers on your computer and then paste them into the form.

Ensure you have all your supporting documentation ready to upload with your application.

Submit your application by 11.59pm Sunday 11 September 2022.

Note: there is no age limit to apply.

Next steps:

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed the week beginning 19 September 2022.  

The winner will be chosen by an independent panel and advised by the end of September.

The winner of ETU Apprentice of the Year will be presented the award at the industry conference at the ETU Industry Conference in Sydney on 27 October. 

The winner will travel to Ireland for the conference on 13-15 November 2022. Final travel dates and times will be confirmed closer to the time.

Please submit your application via the online form below or forward applications to

Should you have any questions please contact the ETU National Office on (02) 9663 3699.

Unsuccessful applicants may not be contacted. 

Online submission form